Weaving with 2/10 50%Merino/50%Tencel

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    • #175370
      Ed Chapman
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        I tried weaving with 100% merino last year, both as warp and as weft, and loved it. Incredibly light, amazing drape, and soft as a cloud. I found a yarn blend of merino and tencel and ordered a cone to play around with. I wove a test scarf using a tencel warp (sett=20) and the 2/10 blend as weft. I wove it with a very gentle beat- barely placing each pick. If I have learned anything from Jane it’s been looser is almost always better.

        The results seem to be very nice. I have not yet wet-finished the scarf, but it looks and feels great right off the loom.

        I was wondering if anyone else has experience with using this blended yarn. I am particularly interested in how it wears compared to 100% merino.

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      • #175381
        Ellen Black
        Participant

          Beautiful.  I recently purchased a few cones of this blend to try. I been wanting to try it for sometime.  I thought I might try DDW with it.    I know another weaver who likes it for pattern weft in Overshot.

          look forward to hearing how you like it after wet finishing.

        • #175421
          Ed Chapman
          Participant

            The scarf is a triumph. The overall 25% merino makes the 75% tencel lighter and bouncier, complementing the inherent shine. I am very happy. Now all I need to find out is how badly it pills over time?!

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            • #175558
              Ginette
              Keymaster

                It turned out really nice! Glad you’re happy with it 🙂

            • #175424
              Ellen Black
              Participant

                Beautiful.  Totally excited to weave with yarn.

              • #175589
                Ed Chapman
                Participant

                  The new episode integrating basketweave and twill got me to thinking, and this is what I designed. I expanded to 8 harnesses because I hate to move heddles. This is my next Tencel/Merino project. I can’t figure out how to perfectly balance the twill blocks while keeping the basketweave intact.

                   

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                • #175715
                  Ed Chapman
                  Participant

                    It’s working! I love to be able to border twill with basketweave. Could never have done it without Jane’s tutelage…

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                  • #175723
                    Ellen Black
                    Participant

                      Beautiful !

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